Professor Sir Mike Richards has launched a major overhaul of cancer screening as part the NHS Long Term Plan’s renewed drive to improve care and save lives | via NHS England
Early detection of cancer, while the condition is easier to treat, is central to the plan which aims to prevent tens of thousands more deaths each year. Sir Mike Richards, who was the NHS’ first cancer director and is the former CQC chief inspector of hospitals, is leading an independent review of national screening programmes.
He will recommend how they should be upgraded to ensure they remain world leading and that patients benefit from new technologies and treatments.
As part of his work, Sir Mike wants to hear views and ideas from staff, patients and other groups to inform recommendations for the future of cancer screening.
Sir Mike is seeking feedback on a number of areas including:
- Future management, delivery and oversight of screening programmes
- How to ensure maximum screening uptake across the country and particularly in vulnerable and minority groups
- Opportunities for the use of AI and other technology to help with cancer screening
- Feedback on current and future IT and equipment
- Having the right number of staff with the right training to deliver the programmes
- Views on what screening should look like in ten years’ time
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